HSIE Term 2 newsletter 2019

HSIE Term 2 newsletter 2019

In this issue:

  • Welcome to our expanded HSIE team
  • 7-12 statewide quarterly staff meeting date
  • Professional learning opportunities

Welcome to Term 2, 2019.

I am very proud to be introducing you to our new HSIE team who have been selected and charged with writing learning and teaching resources and professional learning for our Key Learning Area. Our induction week was very productive and our team is now well on our way to achieving this goal.

Congratulations to:

  1. Kate Littlejohn - Curriculum Support Project Advisor - HSIE |
    T 03 5898 3721 | kate.richardson11@det.nsw.edu.au
  2. Lyndal Bimson - Curriculum Support Officer - HSIE | T 02 9203 9927 | lyndal.bimson1@det.nsw.edu.au
  3. Will Burbidge – Curriculum Support Officer - HSIE | T 02 4633 2736 | william.burbidge@det.nsw.edu.au
  4. Fleur Farah - Curriculum Support Project Officer - HSIE | T 02 9203 9932 | fleur.farah@det.nsw.edu.au.

Of course, my colleague Theone Ellas (K-6 HSIE Advisor) and I will continue to support HSIE teachers’ state wide in implementing our extensive array of syllabuses and Learning across the curriculum content areas.

Just to reiterate, the main professional learning events this year will include:

  1. Managing change: evaluating learning and teaching of History and Geography K-10
  2. Leading an HSIE Key Learning Area or faculty K-12
  3. HSIE update: implementing Stage 4-5 syllabuses
  4. Stage 6 geography – support and implementation
  5. International studies – support and implementation.

These professional learning events will be advertised in SchoolBiz and begin to be delivered in Term 3, 2019. We will work very closely with School Services in order to ensure that as many geographical areas of our state can be covered. Obviously, familiarisation courses will not commence until the respective syllabuses have been released.

Aboriginal Studies Years 7-10 draft syllabus consultation

The Aboriginal Studies Years 7–10 Syllabus, including Life Skills outcomes and content, is being converted to an online interactive format.

I urge all interested colleagues to view the Aboriginal Studies Years 7–10 draft syllabus for consultation, complete an online survey and/or attend a consultation meeting. Public consultation is open from 6 May to 16 June 2019. All responses assist NESA in their quest to produce the best possible syllabus for Aboriginal Studies.

Best wishes,

Jennifer Curtis

Upcoming events

HSIE 7-12 statewide Adobe Meeting - Term 2

  • Our Term 2 state-wide HSIE 7-12 staff meeting will be held on Wednesday, 19 June 2019.
  • The K-6 meeting will be held from 3:30-4pm, and the 7-12 from 4–4:30pm.
  • The purpose of these meetings is to discuss initiatives and projects that will support colleagues implementing and teaching HSIE syllabuses and to identify, and suggest solutions to, issues related to the HSIE key learning area
  • All secondary HSIE teachers, school executive K-12 and Educational Service Advisors are invited to attend.
  • Join us for this point in time meeting. These meetings are not recorded and I encourage you to join the session. The HSIE Inspector of NESA also joins us for an update.
  • A reminder and an agenda will be sent prior to the day.

History Week 2019: memory and landscapes

31 August – 8 September 2019

Registrations close at 5pm on Friday, 14 June, 2019. History Week is the annual, state-wide celebration of history organised by the History Council of New South Wales (HCNSW). Initiated by the HCNSW in 1997, History Week is a fantastic opportunity to engage and educate the community about the vitality, diversity and meaning of history and its practice.

The theme of History Week 2019 is ‘Memory and landscapes’, will explore our relationship to landscapes.

War and peace in the Pacific

The Australian National Maritime Museum has developed an international learning project titled War and peace in the Pacificwhich brings together schools from Australia, USA, and Japan to work on a student-led, project-based learning initiative on the Pacific arena of war in World War II. This is part of a five-year project which looks at war in the Pacific from a tri-nation perspective. The learning program encourages students to conduct first-hand investigations into how the war affected their country, state or home town, to look at history from a number of perspectives, and to link with students doing similar projects in other countries. For more information please visit War and peace in the Pacific 75 education program. To register, email wapip75@sea.museum.

Leadership in Aboriginal education conference

Friday 16 August 2019, Epping, NSW

The Leadership in Aboriginal Education Conference aims enable aspiring leaders to develop deeper understanding and practical strategies to effectively lead Aboriginal Education in their specific school community. For further information about this conference, visit Leaders in Aboriginal education.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (RBGS)

The RBGS has a vast array of school excursion possibilities for consideration, including the Aboriginal School Excursion Programs. For further information, visit The Royal Botanical Garden Sydney

Melbourne Declaration of Educational Goals for Young Australians

A review of the 2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians has commenced the public consultation phase. To view the discussion paper, make a submission or complete the online survey, visit Education Council before 14 June 2019.

2019 Economics Business Educators (EBE) NSW Annual Conference

Friday 28 June 2019, UTS Business School

Professional learning grants available for teachers in rural areas. Full details are available on the EBE NSW website.

2019 Business Educators Australasia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition

The 2019 Business Educators Australasia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition encourages secondary school students to apply their business education to a real life scenario. Working individually or in small groups, participants are asked to devise a creative enterprise idea and submit a business plan, explaining how their great idea could become a profitable business. Economics and Business Educators NSW runs the competition in NSW. Full details are available on the EBE NSW website.

HTANSW Professional Learning

The following professional learning days are being offered by the History Teachers’ Association.

17 May Wagga Wagga regional day

24 May Nowra regional day

31 May Dubbo regional day

26-27 July HTANSW state conference

Connect with us

  • Access news and updates for all key learning areas - including links to previous newsletters through curriculum support news and the department’s HSIE pages. Please share the link to this terms’ human society and its environment (HSIE) newsletter with your colleagues.
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  • If you, or someone you know, is engaging in some inspiring HSIE pedagogy or professional learning please contact us.
  • For further information, including curriculum implementation support:

Jennifer Curtis

Human society and its environment Advisor 7-12


02 9244 5463



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